Greg van Eekhout’s 2019 Cog is a standalone young-adult SF novel.
The untrained eye could mistake Cog for a twelve-year-old boy. In fact, he is a humanoid robot, designed as a tool for research on cognitive development. Like humans, Cog can learn from his experiences.
Sometimes he learns the wrong thing. Assured by his parent-figure, uniMIND researcher Gina, that ‘good judgment comes from experience, but experience comes from bad judgment,’ Cog sets out to optimize his learning environment by making some big mistakes.
Mission more than accomplished!